All in the Day of a Mother

May 8, 2015

Last fall, my friends, Jet and Julia, flew south with their two grown goslings.

In late January, they returned with those same goslings, plus one, in tow.


The beginning of March marked the end of childhood for the goslings. Jet and Julia asserted their authority and kicked them all out. It took a few weeks to get their point across, but eventually, they had the place to themselves. On April 17th, I looked out and saw a solitary goose.


I knew what that meant.

Sure enough! There on goose egg island, in the same spot and position as last year, sat my friend, Julia.



Day and night, through snow and sleet, without food or water, she sat. On the seventh day, I heard a commotion.


She s..t..r..e..t..c..h..e..d.


She flapped.

I took the opportunity to photograph the empty nest, from a respectable distance.


How many eggs are under that fluffy down? I wondered.


And then?


She sat some more, after just a short hour’s respite– same spot, same position, five more days. Females do not eat or drink during incubation.

The surrounding plants grew. . .


and blossomed.

After 22 days, I noticed a change in Jet. He now appeared to be imitating Julia. Why? I wondered.


Goslings begin communicating with their parents while still in the shell. He had got the word.

Prepare for delivery, this egg is cramped! 

He was preparing his muscles for the birth of his babies. As they were born, he kept them close.


He crouched his neck to hide from prying predators.


Once they all hatched, Julia came off the nest– one proud skinny Mama.


Can you tell which is Julia?


Look at the necks. What a shock to go from 26 days of statuesque isolation to busy mother of three.

How good life must feel to Julia– eating and drinking once again,


with flowers in the treetops,


and a healthy brood of goslings and loyal mate following behind.


exact color of this sunset

As the sun sinks, all is well in the pond at the bottom of the hill.

Have a great weekend! Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Mother’s out there.



Latest Comments

  1. katnchick says:

    And red sky at night,sailor’s delight. Might I add, ours too! Happy MDay to you


    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Kathleen. I have not heard that rhyme previously. I want you to know, I can imagine the beauty of it settling over the sea but would still choose to watch it from the porch of this old house.


  2. Cynthia says:

    This was Wonderful!! I Read it twice already. So good. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Jane says:

    A delightful story, but my oh my, I’m glad I was able to eat and drink while awaiting the birth of my children! 🙂 A gorgeous selection of pics and interesting info!


  4. derrickjknight says:

    A wonderful story well told. David Attenborough would be envious


  5. amaryllislog says:

    Beautiful, beautiful images! Mothers are the best!


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